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Alicia F. Bembenek


There are several traits and characteristics that people may use to judge an authority based on how that authority acts and treats those under him or her. However, are there times when an authority can influence his or her own reputation among subordinates simply by the type of task he or she provides, or the level of information he or she presents? Prior evidence has suggested that perceptions of authorities are influenced by a number of qualities. The purpose of this experiment was to test how the nature of a task and whether a rationale is provided for the task will affect the perception of interpersonal and informational fairness in relation to an authority figure. The findings suggest that authorities are indeed judged by the tasks they present and whether a rationale is given to explain those tasks.

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